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Is Backpacking BAD for the environment? Some Savvy suggestions to reduce your carbon footprint!

 Inspired by Earth Day and the recent Extinction Rebellion protests around the globe, Savvy Travels have decided to weigh in on this increasingly pressing matter, and offer suggestions as to what we believe is the best way to protect our delicate planet and fragile ecosystems. Please note, this is a hugely complicated topic with many different sub-sets and is impossible to cover everything! Firstly, what is Earth Day & Extinction Rebellion? Earth day is celebrated every year on April 22 and is used to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Extinction Rebellion is a political campaign that protests against how governments and corporations are doing too little to prevent total climate breakdown and biodiversity loss, and has recently (April 2019) been...

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Do I Need a Battery Bank for my Backpacking Trip? Yes, if you want to keep your travels rolling!

I had been working as a Dive Master on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), North Eastern Coast of Australia, based in the town of Port Douglas. Despite the huge amount of damage that the GBR has received in recent years (I recommend watching the brilliant Netflix documentary Chasing Coral which highlights this), the sheer size and number of different species of fish made it an awesome place to dive and probably the best 'office' I will ever have. During my time working on the GBR, fellow divers always spoke of this great dive site called the SS Yongala, widely regarded as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. It is a ship wreck situated off the coast...

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Do I Need a Waterproof Poncho for my Backpacking Trip?

We have all had experiences of the sun shining brightly with not a cloud in the sky, and then seemingly out of nowhere you are caught in torrential rain. If you are backpacking, these unexpected rain showers can be considerably more problematic if you are not prepared for them…

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The Savvy Story began not so Savvy...

The Savvy Story began not very Savvy... After graduating University, I was preparing to travel around the world for a year; a trip of a lifetime that would see me climb mountains in the Andes, Scuba Dive off the Great Barrier Reef (with some big sharks!), And jostle my way through the manic streets of Delhi. Similar to many parents, mine were a tad apprehensive before my big adventure. As preparation (…and I think a bit of a self-coping mechanism for them!), they gave me an odd assortment of travel items that they for some reason deemed essential, and insisted on me making sure they were at all times accessible "because you never know what’s around the corner." Although I truly...

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